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White Sox Announce New Managers at Triple-A, Double-A – NBC Chicago

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The White Sox will have new managers at Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham next season as well as new hitting and pitching coordinators.

Wes Helms is joining Chicago’s farm system as the manager at Charlotte. Justin Jirschele moves to Birmingham after managing Class A Winston-Salem.

Former major league first baseman Ben Broussard takes over as hitting coordinator after serving as the leadership and development coordinator from 2018-19. And Everett Teaford is Chicago’s pitching coordinator after working two seasons as the assistant pitching coordinator. Former Whote Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar, whose career was shortened by a brain aneurysm during a game in 2018, is the pitching coach at Winston-Salem.

They will work under former major league second baseman Chris Getz, entering his fourth season as Chicago’s director of player development.





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Woodridge carjacking: 2 men charged in armed carjacking at Citgo on 75th Street

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Two men allegedly stole a car at gunpoint Wednesday in west suburban Woodridge and were chased onto a golf course after the car broke down in traffic, prosecutors say.

Darryl Simmons, 18, and Jehdan Matthews, 19, are each charged with a count of aggravated armed vehicular hijacking, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.

They allegedly put a gun to a man’s side about 1 p.m. at Citgo gas station, at 2340 75th St., and said, “give me your money,” prosecutors said. They allegedly took his keys and drove off.

Darien police officers saw the men leave the car after it broke down in traffic, prosecutors said. Officer chased them on foot through a nearby golf course, where they were arrested.

Police recovered a gun with a 30-round extended magazine, prosecutors said.

In a Thursday bail hearing, Simmons, of Woodridge, was ordered held on $600,000 bail, while Matthews, of Calumet City, was held on $750,000 bail, prosecutors said.

State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said this was the fourth carjacking in DuPage count in just over a month.

“In DuPage County, law enforcement has no tolerance for this type of violent behavior,” Berlin said in a statement.

If found guilty, both defendants face between 21 and 45 years in prison, prosecutors said.

They are due back in court on Feb. 21.



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Pilot temporarily blinded trying to land at Sarasota airport after laser pointed in eyes, man arrested: Manatee County sheriff

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A pilot was temporarily blinded while trying to land at a Florida airport after a man pointed a laser directly in his eyes, local police said.

Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies responded just after 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for a report of a laser being pointed at planes making their approach to land.

While police were trying to locate the suspect, he also used the laser on them, officials said. The suspect was located on a forklift just east of the airport.

Police surrounded the individual, later identified as Charlie James Chapman Jr., 41, and he grabbed a hammer and made striking motions toward deputies. A taser was deployed, and police found a laser pointer in Chapman’s pocket.

He was then transported to Manatee County jail after being cleared at a medical center.

Police said Chapman shot his laser pointer on a fixed-wing plane four times and once at a police helicopter. One of the pilots of the plane said the laser hit him directly in the eyes, causing temporary blindness. The pilot said he still felt his eyesight was blurry.

Chapman was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, pointing a laser at a pilot and resisting arrest.

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What Is a ‘Cutoff Low’? – NBC Chicago

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The Chicago area is getting hit by a super-slow-moving storm that will bring a light snow chance for four straight days. The snow began Wednesday evening and won’t completely leave until Saturday afternoon.

But “why” is this storm moving so slowly?

It’s because this type of storm system is “cutoff” from the jet stream. The jet stream is a fast-moving river of air that carries storms across the country. If a storm is separate from the jet stream, it doesn’t have that push need to move quickly. These types of storms can spin over the same general area for days, keeping the rain and snow chance elevated a lot longer than a typical storm.

NBC 5 Storm Team Meteorologist Paul Deanno explains what a “cutoff low” is and how it’s keeping the snow chance elevated for several days.





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